Wednesday, May 21, 2014

That Voting Thing Again

I've been on a haitus for a few days....and the news has been slow..I was tempted to write about that angry old police commisioner who called President Obama a nigger and was unapologetic...up in New Hampshire...but I'm really tired of giving people like that free and undeserved publicity , especially on this blog...

He's not important and he has stepped down....And thankfully, last ditch racists like him are on their way out....

What is more important is keeping people like him and slicker more subtle and younger people like him with the same attitudes and policies from getting into office.

The only way to do that is to vote...

I hope all of you reading this voted yesterday....

Recently one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation that Congress has ever passed was gutted: The Voting Rights Act.

The Supreme Court removed a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of voter discrimination get federal approval before making voting changes like moving polling places or redistricting.

Within months of the ruling, some states immediately enacted potentially discriminatory laws including Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa, and Indiana.

The good news is that we have the chance to fix it now. Congress can pass a new set of protections that work together to guarantee our right to vote - it's called the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.

Supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers this bil will protect critical civil rights. This bill is simple, it will require any state with five violations of federal voting rights law in the last 15 years to receive pre-clearance for any election changes.

That means states with a history of discrimination that want to redistrict, change election procedures close to an election, or move polling places, must have these changes reviewed.

It's common sense. Voter discrimination is a real problem. (Same as the imaginary voter fraud that so many right wingers want to crow about!)

When the Voting Rights Act was reauthorized in 2006, Congress held over 20 hearings and amassed a record of 15,000 pages documenting widespread evidence of voting discrimination.

Ask Congress to pass this bipartisan legislation — the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.

It's a shame that in 2014..We still have to have this discussion as though it's 1964...It's a shame....but every single racist has unfortunately, not died yet...and a few are being born and groomed...

The only way to protect yourself against them making policy is to vote them out of office or better yet..Keep them from getting there in the first place.

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